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Sloan Park in Mesa sat empty during the last few weeks during what was supposed to be spring training. Negotiations related to Major League Baseball’s finally reached a happy conclusion.

Reports of a new collective bargaining agreement after players voted to accept MLB’s latest offer for a new labor deal - paving the way to end a 99-day lockout and salvage a 162-game regular season - have left baseball fans giddy, but the lengthy haggling hasn’t been without casualties. Read more»

The Milwaukee Brewers’ American Family Fields of Phoenix remains closed while the lockout continues. Failed negotiations mean spring training will be delayed even longer.

In what will be a hit to the Arizona economy and baseball fans throughout the state, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association could not come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by the league’s imposed deadline, delaying the start of the season. Read more»

Rows of autographed baseballs are stacked in a display case at AZ Sports Cards.

For some sports fans, the interaction with an athlete during an autograph session is the best feeling in the world. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has taken some of the excitement out of autograph seeking. Athletes these days are required to keep their distance from fans, who aren’t subject to regular COVID-19 testing like players. Read more»

A baseball card featuring former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford was created for her induction into the Cactus League Hall of Fame in 2014.

Near the end of spring training in 1990, the Cactus League was in danger of folding, with teams complaining about run-down ballparks. But a quarter-century later, it is still around and stronger than ever, thanks in large part to then-Gov. Rose Mofford, who died last week. Read more»

Brewers fans came out in droves to see Jonathan Lucroy, among others.

Arizona’s Cactus League saw its highest attendance ever in 2015, with 1.89 million fans. League officials attribute the success to a later schedule and nearly perfect weather. Read more»